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Last year, the Phoenix Suns faced a relatively smooth defeat by the Denver Nuggets in the playoffs. However, according to Tony Jones of The Athletic, the Suns’ offseason acquisitions might change the dynamics if the two teams meet again.

Despite not possessing the same level of talent and athleticism as Deandre Ayton, Jusuf Nurkic brings a more physical presence, particularly valuable in a seven-game series when matching up against Nikola Jokic.

In a recent game where the Suns secured an overtime victory in Denver, Nurkic showcased his impact with seven points, 12 rebounds, six assists, two blocks, and two steals. This performance highlighted how his skill set and physicality could potentially influence the outcome in a playoff setting.

“We’re most definitely different,” Kevin Durant said. “Adding (Bradley) Beal and Grayson (Allen) and Nurk makes us a different team than last year. But having more experience as a unit helps a lot as well.

“Last year, we were thrown together pretty quickly, and we were playing against a well-oiled machine. We have nothing but respect for Denver. They challenge us in ways that other teams don’t, so it was good to fight through everything tonight.”